Don’s Top 10 From July 27, 1981
Back…back…back into time! “The Time Machine” glides to Monday, July 27, 1981. Here’s the local top 10 singles. amazon.com
“You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#10 last week) Third hit in just 8 months for Daryl & John; an extremely catchy, short song that has worn very well over the years.
“I Don’t Need You” by Kenny Rogers
(#7 last week) Pretty ballad, one of his best, but totally forgotten. Has there ever been a more perfectly coiffed beard than Kenny’s?
“A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)” by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
(#5 last week) Ray got his start at Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Invictus Records as a teenaged prodigy. You can hear his guitar on dozens of 70s hits, as far back as 1971’s “Want Ads” by the Honey Cone. This song was his last hit with Raydio before he went solo.
“Hearts” by Marty Balin
(#11 last week) The former Jefferson Starship lead singer goes solo, & has a bigger hit locally than nationally. Very underplayed over the years.
“The One That You Love” by Air Supply
(#6 last week) I’m sorry. I know Air Supply were very popular & had a string of hits. But the only thing I can think of saying is…..um, OK.
Theme From “Greatest American Hero” (Believe It Or Not)” by Joey Scarbury
(#9 last week) Looking at this clip, it’s like we were living on a different planet. What were we thinking with the fashions & the cheesy dancing & the corny production?
“Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
(#13 last week) Diana’s says farewell to her Motown Records home with a monster hit, stopping at #4 on the way to the top.
“Love On A Two-Way Street” by Stacy Lattisaw
(#2 last week) Stacy was only 14 when this hit big! This only peaked at #26 nationally, but it was much bigger around here. A remake of the 1970 smash by the Moments, it was written by Sylvia Robinson, who hit big as a singer herself with “Love Is Strange” & “Pillow Talk”. Lattisaw quit pop music by the early 90s to raise a family, but has returned to music in the gospel field.
“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
(#4 last week) One of the most enduring songs of the 80s. Rick says, “I’m thrilled by it. As a writer, all you can ask is that a song has legs. It has an appeal that keeps coming back”.
“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
(#1 last week; 9th week at #1) One of the biggest hits of the decade, this was co-written by 60s star Jackie DeShannon & first recorded by her in 1974. Bette Davis herself was said to have been thrilled to be name-checked in a popular song & approached Carnes & DeShannon to thank them for “making her a part of modern times”.